DIY: How to Repair Ceramic Tile Cracks

Man fixing a damaged tile

Tiled floors are perfect additions in any home. Be it in your kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor areas, you know that this flooring installment holds great under rooms that experience high-traffic, moisture, and spills and stains. Because of its easy-to-clean surface and durability, it is no surprise that tiles last long, even if your home experiences disasters, like floods. However, this still does not mean that tiles are indestructible.

Cracks and similar gaps are early signs of tile damage, and although they often look like black lines on your tile’s surface, it should not be belittled. If these cracks are not properly and immediately taken care of, chances are that these miniscule lines will widen, causing primary and secondary damages such as mold, mildew, and produce stray shards that can injure unsuspecting people.

To avoid these situations and casualties, calling in the professionals to repair the surfaces of your tiles is always the best option; however, depending on the size and overall damage caused by the cracks, repairing it can be done through do-it-yourself methods.

Repairing Cracked Tiles 101: Equipment

Before the initial repairs, you must have these following items at hand. Now, depending on the situation you are facing, not all of the materials will be used; however, it is always better to be prepared.

The things you will need are the following:

  • Notched trowel
  • Putty knife
  • Rag
  • Hammer
  • Cotton swab
  • Chisel
  • Tile filler
  • Matching paint
  • Tile grout
  • Tile adhesive

Repair Cracked Tiles 102: Repairing Proper

Hairline Cracks

Step 1: Painting over the crack

Matching paint, like what the name suggests, is a type of paint that matches the color of your tile. Now, this item is best used for hairline cracks. So if your situation calls for this kind of repair, mix the matching paint with the tile filler and dab it onto the crack with a cotton swab.

Step 2: Drying

Allow the tile filler to dry for a few seconds, before wiping it lightly with a damp cloth.

Replacing the Entire Tile

Step 1: Removing the damaged tile

Cover the tile with the rag and then shatter it with the hammer – the rag will be your first line of defense against any stray shards, so hold it firmly over the tile. You then remove the chips with a chisel, and clean out the old adhesive with a putty knife. Scrape around the edges to remove the dust, debris, and other particles that might get in the way of the replacement tile.

Step 2: Placing the replacement tile

Then, using the notched trowel, spread the adhesive on the back of the replacement tile, and then set it in place. Let the adhesive dry for as long as what the manufacturer indicates, before filling the grout lines with grout. Wipe the tile after the grout dries, to reveal the finished product.

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